Steve Hovan

  • Steve HovanProfessor

    • Office: Walsh 115
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    • Office Phone: 724-357-5625


    • BS, University of Michigan – Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    • PhD, University of Michigan – Oceanography: Marine Geology/Geochemistry

    Courses Taught:

    GEOS 103/104 – Oceans and Atmospheres
    GEOS 370 – Oceanography
    GEOS 371 – Meteorology
    GEOS 441 – Carbonate Geology Field Workshop

    Professional Interests:

    Scientific Ocean Drilling, Evolution of ancient wind systems, atmospheric dust, Earth Science Education, and, of course, SpongeBob Square Pants

    Current Projects:

    Long-term projects include several studies to identify and track the latitudinal position of the inter-tropical convergence zone.  I'm also involved with several campus initiatives involving energy sustainability including natural gas usage, building energy monitoring, recycling, etc.

    Selected Publications:  (Full CV)

    Lynch-Stieglitz, J., Pratigya J. Polissar, A. Jacobel, S. Hovan , R. Pockalny, M. Lyle, R. Murray, C. Ravelo, S. Bova , V. Castro, A. Dunlea, H. Ford, J. Herzberg, C. King , A. Maloney, J. Shackford, K. Wejnert and R. Xie, 2014. "Glacial-Interglacial Changes in Central Tropical Pacific Surface Seawater Property Gradients" (submitted) Paleoceanography.

    Albani, S., et al. (including S. Hovan ), 2015. "Twelve thousand years of dust: the Holocene global dust cycle constrained by natural archives," Clim. Past, 11, 869-903, doi:10.5194/cp-11-869-2015.

    Ford, H., Ravelo, A., and Hovan, S., 2012,  "A Deep Eastern Equatorial Pacific Thermocline during the Early Pliocene Warm Period, Earth and Planetary Science Letters," 255-356,152-161,

    Woodard, S., Thomas , D., Hovan, S., Röhl, U., Westerhold, T., 2011. "Evidence for Orbital Forcing of Dust Accumulation During the Early Paleogene Greenhouse," Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12, Q02007

    Stancin, A.M., Gleason, J. D., Hovan, S.A., Rea, D. K., Owen, R.M., Moore, T.C., Jr., Hall, C.M., Blum, J.D., 2008. "Miocene to Recent Eolian Dust Record from the Southwest Pacific Ocean at 40° S Latitude." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 261, pp.218-233

    Ziegler, C.L., Murray, R.W., Hovan, S.A., and Rea, D.K., (2007). "Resolving Eolian, Volcanogenic, and Authigenic Components in Pelagic Sediment from the Pacific Ocean," Earth and Planetary Science Letters 254, pp. 416-432

    Hovan, S. A., 1995. "Late Neogene Atmospheric Circulation Intensity and Climatic History Recorded by Eolian Deposition in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific," Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 138: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 615-625.

    Hovan, S. A., Rea, D. K., Pisias, N. G. and Shackleton, N. J., 1989. "A Direct Link between the China Loess and Marine d18O Records: Aeolian Flux to the North Pacific," Nature, 340, 296-298.